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Non-Traditional Students / Re: What Type of Law do you want to Practice
« on: August 03, 2007, 03:42:35 PM »
I'm interested in property law (e.g., Williamson Act, eminent domain, zoning etc.) and Free Exercise/Establishment clauses of First Amendment as well.

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Why think a life devoted to possession and pleasure would be meaningful? How would such a life look from the vantage point of death?

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ability to account for knowledge

truthiness is good too

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Taking notes for class...
« on: July 31, 2007, 06:05:56 PM »
Take notes using MS Word, MS OneNote, Store Law Outliner 4.0 or some other way?

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Please PM me if you would like to sell the book "Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams" to me.

Thanks.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Religion in today's world
« on: July 26, 2007, 06:22:15 PM »
Oh yeah, if there is no God, the origin of government and thus any concept of rights is force and violence.

If there is a God, on the other hand, he abandoned us all long before there was a government, thus the origin of govt. and it's engine is still force and violence.

Either way, forget about lofty platitudes. . . it's kill or be killed IMO

I read you as saying that if there is no God, right reduces to might. I would agree with this. I disagree that (1) God played no part in the origin of government and/or (2) God is not necessary to legitimate government.

On an aside, I routinely engage atheists in civil discourse on the question of God. This is the most recent example. Feel free to join the discussion.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Religion in today's world
« on: July 26, 2007, 04:08:34 PM »
Interesting conversation!  Most people who've been around the board for awhile know where I stand on the issue.  Personally, I don't believe that atheism is a credible position to take in full view of the evidence for the existence of a creative life force underpinning the entire universe.  There are a couple of resources I could recommend to people who are seriously interested in making a thoughtful, reasoned inquiry into how tenable their worldview really is. Just PM me.

Bonus points for proper use of term "worldview".

Do you think this life force is personal or impersonal? Does the life force think, feel, plan and act with intent?

Further, does the existence of such a life force = god?  If so, is this god humanoid and/or actively guiding the human race through a religious structure(s)? 

I personally endorse the phraseology of non-theist as opposed to athiest for those of that category (where one doesn't deny the actual existence of god - which is seemingly impossible to prove either way - but where one simply states a non-belief due to lack of evidence).  Either way, I don't see how a reasonable claim can be made that atheists don't have a credible position.  Just because they may not believe in a god doesn't mean they can't believe in a life force, natural law, entity, or whatever may be "underpinning the universe".  Those are not mutually exclusive ideas. So, enlighten us.

Atheism is weak and even hopeless with respect to the origin of the universe, conditions capable of supporting life, life itself (e.g., first self-replicator), the trustworthiness of rational inference, moral facts (if admitted), mind (if admitted) and certain historical arguments (e.g., what happened to Jesus' body) etc.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Religion in today's world
« on: July 26, 2007, 03:32:41 PM »
Interesting conversation!  Most people who've been around the board for awhile know where I stand on the issue.  Personally, I don't believe that atheism is a credible position to take in full view of the evidence for the existence of a creative life force underpinning the entire universe.  There are a couple of resources I could recommend to people who are seriously interested in making a thoughtful, reasoned inquiry into how tenable their worldview really is. Just PM me.

Bonus points for proper use of term "worldview".

Do you think this life force is personal or impersonal? Does the life force think, feel, plan and act with intent?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Religion in today's world
« on: July 26, 2007, 03:23:04 PM »
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And do you think the rights we call inalienable are truly inalienable?

Yes. If, for example, human beings do not possess the objective moral property "dignity" or "worth" then there can be no such thing as a real crime against humanity (cf. Nuremberg). Men may not be unjustly deprived of dignity unless they really have dignity in the first place. If human dignity and the right to life are things we merely choose by fiat to ascribe to ourselves then these things are nothing more than "useful fictions".

And this is a problem how?

Rape is said to be a violation of a woman's dignity. If human beings do not possess objective dignity then they are incapable of being deprived of dignity, incapable of having their dignity violated. This means it is false that rape is a violation of a woman's dignity.

Moral nihilists will shrug their shoulders and say "how is this a problem"?

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there's no good not rooted in self-interest.

All good is rooted in self-interest? What then is good?

a myth.  ;)

it's fine to tell a person what the odds are in the game they're playing.

telling them not to play because of those odds is another thing altogether.

If good is "a myth" then what do you call telling people not to go to a T4 law school because their odds of high pay are low?

Don't say "bad" or "wrong" or "immoral".

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